Syrian Foreign Minister, UAE National Security Adviser Visit Iran

Published December 5th, 2021 - 10:41 GMT
UAE national security adviser to visit Tehran on Monday
The sons of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed al-Nahyan; Sheikh Hazza of the National Security department, Interior Minister Sheikh Saif, National Security adviser Sheikh Tahnoun, Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour and Sheikh Khaled bin Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the son of Abu Dhabi's crown prince, stand in line with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) during an official welcoming ceremony for the Russian president at Abu Dhabi's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019. AFP / KARIM SAHIB
UAE national security adviser to visit Tehran on Monday.

The UAE’s national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will hold a visit to Tehran on Monday for discussions with his Iranian counterpart and some other high-ranking officials, Iran's top security body says.

Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad is also due in Tehran on Sunday for a two-day visit, Iran's ISNA news agency reported. 

Mekdad, who is visiting Iran at the head of a delegation for the second time since being named as Syria's top diplomat, will discuss "strengthening strategic relations" between the two allies, ISNA said.

The visit comes a few days after a large economic delegation from Iran headed by the country's minister of industry, mining and trade traveled to Damascus and met with senior Syrian officials.

Sheikh Tahnoun, who is a brother of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, will travel to Tehran at the invitation of Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, the SNSC's secretariat said on Sunday.   

Developing bilateral relations and discussing the latest developments in the region are among the goals of Sheikh Tahnoun’s trip.

Late last month, the diplomatic adviser to the UAE president announced that the country would soon send a delegation to Iran as part of efforts to improve ties.

“I hope that it is the sooner the better and all our friends are aware of it,” Anwar Gargash told reporters when asked when a UAE delegation would hold talks in Tehran.

The idea was to “turn over a new page” in relations, he added. “There is a recognition by the Iranians that they need to rebuild bridges with the [Persian] Gulf. We are picking that up positively.”

Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister for political affairs, met Gargash and other Emirati officials in Dubai on November 24.

In a post on his Twitter account, Bagheri Kani described his meeting with Gargash as “friendly and cordial,” saying Iran and the UAE had agreed to “open a new chapter” in bilateral relations. 

The discussions stressed the importance of strengthening relations “on the basis of good neighborliness and mutual respect,” working for greater regional stability and prosperity and developing bilateral economic and commercial ties, according to the Emirates News Agency, also known as WAM.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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